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Melanie

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James and Robin, along with De Stevens and Jordan Whiu, initially came together to play pop punk covers at Robin’s 19th birthday party. They originally met at SAE (School of Audio Engineering) where they studied how to record and produce music. One of the songs they played that night was Fountain of Youth’s Stacey’s Mom, with the twist that it was instead about their friend Max’s mum whose name is Melanie. Muriwai hardcore band Lookin’ Up then asked Robin if he had a band that could open on their tour, and so Melanie was formed, losing Jordan for James’s brother William. After procrastinating for a month, they realised they only had two weeks to come up with some originals for the shows, and so they set to and wrote what would turn out to be the Melon EP (2018).

De Stevens later left the band due to not being the biggest fan of pop punk, who was then temporarily replaced by Joe, drummer of sister band Snitch Jimmy. After three years it's safe to say that he’s no longer a temporary drummer. During 2019 they worked on more originals, recording all the instruments for their debut album 42 Losers before the first big lockdown hit, with James then recording the vocals separately before the band mixed it together over voice chat. The album was released to great acclaim in April 2020, along with a music video for No Shoes. It was later followed up with a physical release on vinyl through Holiday Records.

“Emo/punk isn’t usually my go to when I’m picking something to listen to, but I can see myself going back to '42 Losers' again and again. Melanie could be considered one of the bright new bands in the emo scene. If they were based in the northern hemisphere, I could see them on the same line ups as bands such as The Menzingers, Spanish Love Songs and Joyce Manor and other top bands.” - Colin’s Punk Rock World

In late 2020 the guys moved in together in a flat in Glendene where they somehow practised less than usual while being always within 20m of one another. They have a decent sized band room, allowing them to practice, record and mix at home while they are also all into the recording and engineering side of music. The positive is that it ended up being great for the recording/mixing process of the follow up EP ABCD.

“They manage to cram highly memorable pop punk numbers into the time available, making sure that nothing ever outstays its welcome… there is plenty of aggression, yet it is tempered so listeners want to have a good time, jump and down and singalong as opposed to do anything aggressive. They have room for guitar solos which make sense within the song, without ever going into anything too metallic…This is a load of fun, from beginning to end, and with their work ethic combined with a great sense of melody surely it cannot be long before they break out of the Auckland circuit.” - Muzic.net.nz

Band Members:
Jamie Dentice (vocals, guitar)
Robin Davey Lusk (guitar)
William Dentice (bass, backing vocals)
Joe Gasparich (drums)

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